Our new headshots, compliments of Mallika Malhotra of mikifoto.
One of the best things about being part of a beauty and fashion biz is attending cool events. Beth and I had our first taste last month when we attended the Bloomie’s Bloggers & Breakfast event sponsored by Alita’s Brand Bar. We went hoping to have a good time and meet some people, which we did. We didn’t expect to come face to face with our past. (cue the suspenseful music?)
First, the event…
We were invited to the event from a member of my writers group, Melissa Chapman, author of Married My Sugar Daddy and The Staten Island Family. Melissa and I met over a conversation about fending off online trolls. (and, from Staten island to Jersey, we’re practically neighbors.) Unfortunately we barely had a chance to speak with her at the event, so this it’s my official thank you! (You rock, Melissa!)
Beth and I met at the Short Hills Mall, not completely sure of what the day would hold, but excited nonetheless. We were looking forward to having our hair and makeup done by professionals and a fashion show. (And, of course, everybody’s favorites, gift bags!)
The makeovers started right away and not ones to be shy, Beth and I hopped into the makeup chairs. I was made up in MAC and once again saw the magic of putting light make-up under my eyes. I’ve read about it often enough. (note to self: DO IT) Beth was made up by NARS and looked fabulous.
We were also treated to hair, organic manicures (my polish was by Trust Fund, 6 days, not a chip AND plant-based? I’m a believer!), and new headshots from Mallika Malhotra of mikifoto. (She’s really awesome and I hate posing for photos – she made it effortless.)
Then… it was time for our blasts from the past.
While we were waiting in line to get a custom design drawn on our Alita’s Brand Bar tote bags by fashion illustrator Elaine Biss. (I love mine!) we started chatting with the people around us. Part of the reason for attending the event was to network, as I’m relatively new to the blogging game (just over a year) and Beth is awesome with people (they actually like her!). We struck up a conversation with the woman behind us, Amy Selling of Lulu and Lattes. I’m not sure how it came up, but somehow we figured out that we all grew up around Philly (Amy and I within just 5 miles of each other) and that Beth and Amy had gone to the same camp for 5 years! As they started comparing notes, the conversation got a little deeper, Beth and I mentioned Syracuse (as we do). Amy quickly chimed in “I went to Syracuse!”. It turns out that we all lived in DellPlain Hall during the 1994-1995 school year, before Amy transferred, but never met. (cue twilight zone music?)
So as Beth and Amy are chattering away about the Adams (don’t ask me, apparently people they both knew from camp), Alita Friedman (of Alita’s Brand Bar) came over and said “Did someone say that they were from Philly?” and we started the game all over again. She and I went to the same junior high and would’ve gone to the same high school if my family hadn’t moved. (although a few years apart) We did a quick Klinger Junior High cheer and marveled, once again, at this tiny, tiny world. In all fairness, we were only standing about 80 miles from my hometown, which isn’t all that far, but we’d all been so many places before we landed in New Jersey, and had done so many amazing things that brought us to the event that day.
We met so many fantastic people that day, and are looking forward to more events like this (gift bag or no gift bag!) Who knows, maybe next time I’ll find my freshman roommate, Jen Kohn, I wonder whatever happened to her….